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ὠφέλ-εια , , required by the metre (in iambics), S.El.944, Ar. Th.183; whereas ὠφελία is required in E.Andr.539 (anap.), Fr.78 (lyr.), Ar.Ec.576 (lyr.): the best codd. of Pl. have ὠφελία more freq. than ὠφέλεια (although B always has ὠφέλεια in Phdr.), and ὠφελία is found in IG12.69.24 (v B. C., Prose), Hyp.Eux.9, and freq. in Phld., as Mus.p.54 K., al.: Ion. ὠφελίη Hdt.5.98, al., AP6.187 (Alph.):—
3. esp. gain made in war, spoil, booty, Plb.2.3.8, 3.82.8, Rev.Arch.6(1935).31 (pl., Amphipolis), LXX 2 Ma.8.20; . μεγάλαι καὶλάφυραPlu.2.255b; “ὠφελείας ἀθροῖσαιId.Cleom.12; “πολλῆς . κυριεῦσαιD.S.15.36; “τὴν χώραν γέμειν ὠφελείαςPlb.3.80.3; τίθεσθαι τὰ χρήματα δι᾽ ὠφελείας to regard as booty, D.H.7.37; so in the chase, game, X.Cyn.6.4; so of a thief, “. ἑτοίμην καὶ κατειργασμένην ἀφῆκενAntipho 2.1.4. (Prob. abstracted fr. οἰκ-ωφελία, which comes fr. οἶκον ὀφέλλειν 'to increase the οἶκος'; cf. ὄφελος.
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